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Maryland Coastal Bays applying for federal estuary grants


By Greg Ellison (Aug. 6, 2020) The Maryland Coastal Bays Program is applying this week for a Coastal Watersheds Grant through the National Estuary Program. Executive Director Kevin Smith said Restore America’s Estuaries administers the funding stream provided by the Environmental Protection Agency for the National Estuary Program. “We’re putting in three proposals,” he said…. Read more »

OPA annual meeting must have quorum

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By Greg Ellison Representation of members needed to finalize election (Aug. 6, 2020) Scheduled outdoors at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial to accommodate social distancing guidelines, and contingent on attendance, the Ocean Pines Association’s annual meeting Saturday will likely finalize the 2020 Board of Director election results. OPA Vice President Steve Tuttle said the homeowners… Read more »

Town steers clear of forums

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Municipality can’t be involved in delivering campaign messages By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Aug. 6, 2020) Berlin citizens will vote for a mayor as well as District 2, District 3 and at-large town council seats during the Oct. 6 municipal election. Currently, there are five candidates for mayor, two candidates for the at-large councilmember seat… Read more »

OP drainage project funded over half million from DNR


By Greg Ellison (July 30, 2020) A Department of Natural Resources grant to help pay to complete drainage repairs in Ocean Pines has been approved, giving the Ocean Pines Association more than a half-million dollars to spend on the project. Altogether, $549,000 was awarded to the community by DNR, which worked through the Chesapeake &… Read more »

OPA election heads toward its final week

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By Greg Ellison Ballots to be tallied Aug. 7, validated at Aug. 8 meeting (July 30, 2020) With the deadline to submit ballots arriving on Wednesday, the 2020 Ocean Pines Board election should be concluded by next weekend. This summer’s OPA Board election pits incumbents Doug Parks and Dr. Colette Horn, and newcomer Stuart Lakernick… Read more »

Berlin mayor, council weigh proposed reserve fund policy

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (July 30, 2020) The Berlin Mayor and Council discussed a proposed reserve policy and a memorandum to reduce the sewer fund balance owed to the general fund during the Monday meeting. Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood and Finance Director Natalie Saleh presented a draft of a resolution that establishes a general… Read more »

Fifth candidate joins Berlin fall mayoral race


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (July 30, 2020) Ronald Bireley, 78, became the fifth candidate to join the 2020 Berlin mayoral race after filing for candidacy last Friday. Bireley is running against incumbent Mayor Williams, Councilman Zackery Tyndall, The Globe General Manager William “Bill” Todd and Jennifer Allen. This is one of the largest mayoral… Read more »

OP Yacht Club pauses live shows


By Greg Ellison (July 23, 2020) Recently launched live music at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club, slated to run four nights a week through Labor Day, took a quick hiatus last weekend because of mixed feedback from patrons concerning covid-19 health restrictions. Matt Ortt Companies cofounder Ralph DeAngelus said the situation became untenable following a… Read more »

OP Police near move to safer digs

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By Greg Ellison New building represents one final goal for Massey before his retirement (July 23, 2020) Closing out a law enforcement career spanning five decades, Ocean Pines Police Chief Dave Massey is notching one last accomplishment before retiring Aug. 1 — the imminent unveiling of an expanded, safety-enhanced headquarters. Massey said a precise date… Read more »